Acer to take on iPad with Android tablet


Acer has unveiled a new tablet running on Google's Android operating system, according to reports, and looks set to take on the Apple iPad.

Chief executive of the Taiwanese firm Gianfranco Lanci has been seen by Shufflegazine showing off a new seven-inch tablet.

Lanci told attendees at a press event that the device will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, but not many other details were revealed.

New Acer smartphone

While information on the tablet is a little shaky at this stage, the company will certainly be looking to challenge the Apple iPhone with a new smartphone called the Acer Stream.

The device will use the Android version 2.1 operating system and will come with a touch screen featuring Amoled technology as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor with 512 MB RAM.

Games fans will be pleased to hear that the Acer Stream will be able to show 3D images and the smartphone's interface is 3D as well.

Users will also be able to enjoy a 5MP camera and the ability to record HD videos up to 720p.

Acer could not confirm IT PRO when the device will be released, but there are rumours the phone will surface in the third quarter of 2010.

And finally

A new Acer e-reader is also due for release this year, called the LumiRead. It comes with a six-inch display and is able to carry up to 1,500 books at any one time with its 2GB flash memory.

The company has already signed deals with a number of e-book providers from across the world, including Barnes & Noble, meaning users can enjoy text in various languages.

Once all three mobile devices have made it to market, Acer may be the only major manufacturer to offer laptops, netbooks, a tablet, a smartphone and an e-reader. Is this a bid at hegemony of the mobile sphere?

Tom Brewster

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